Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
I've said before that I am not much of a hockey fan and truth be told, I wasn't optimistic about the chance that the Blues would beat the Blackhawks last night. But, I discovered I am a strong partisan of our city and so found myself really pulling for them. I didn't watch the game but followed along periodically on Twitter. There is a man (Mike Poepping of KSDK) who tweets only about the Blues so I knew what was going on. I finally shut down when the score was 2-2 in the third period.
Then as often happens I found myself wide awake at 2 and opened up the ipad to see the result and was able to go back to sleep happily.
The city of St. Louis is as important as a team and if the city's team does well, it makes us all feel pretty darn good.
A beautiful Saturday ahead of us and this means the St. Louis Zoo will be packed. It's like everyone in the Metro area wakes up on these nice weekend days and thinks, "let's take the kids to the zoo." And that means the traffic trying to get into the zoo at Hampton will be stopped in the right lane which makes it really dangerous for traffic not going to the zoo and driving west they come around a bend after Kingshighway right into stopped cars.
Each year officials try and make people understand that Hampton is not the exit to take to the zoo. They desperately publicize the idea that Kingshighway is the better exit, but most people do not. And so the cars are stopped all along the long exit curve to Hampton and onto highway 40, some on the shoulder, some not. What makes this doubly dangerous is that the right lane after Hampton is exit only at Skinker and many drivers realize this too late. They get out of the zoo jam and then realize they have to get over to the left to avoid Skinker exit and they're getting over into traffic which was in the left and middle lanes to avoid the zoo jam.
This is my exit heading back to the seminary and I see this all the time. Even though I now know what to do, you just can't control the sudden impulses of other drivers.
So if you're coming west on 40 this morning, be aware.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the local and primary elections which took place in Missouri and pointed out how inefficiently they are run in comparison with Madison County elections in Illinois. Also a look at how well run Madison County elections are run beginning back when Evelyn Bowles was Clerk. Well, today we learn a couple of things about St. Louis County elections.
"The St. Louis County Elections Commission on Tuesday suspended Democratic Elections Director, Eric Frey for two weeks without pay for the flaws that left dozens of county precincts without enough ballots in April 5 municipal elections.
County sources confirmed that Republican Director Gary Fuhr tendered his resignation at the Tuesday afternoon board meeting. The commissioners however did not accept the resignation and asked Fuhr to reconsider, county sources said. One other official, Laura Goebel, an elections coordinator, received a one-week unpaid suspension."
Much of this suspending and resigning came on the heels of there being not enough ballots for the number of voters. These two elections were called "bungled", disenfranchisement, mishaps, and other things. So what else do we learn from all this?
I suggest there are way too many officials, elected or otherwise, who head up St. Louis County elections. Reading this story, you should be asking just who is actually in charge. Look at the names above, all of them are possibly in charge. One from each party, a third a coordinator and who knows who all else. There should be exactly one person running elections, take a lesson from the other side of the river.
A notice from KMOV's Laura Hettiger this morning: "Another semi rolled over near Poplar Street Bridge and 55 in downtown overnight. it's the 4th time in just 3 weeks."
These roll overs are happening on the new westbound exit ramp from the bridge to 44/55, a ramp MoDOT spent almost 2 years working on to improve the former ramp. So what is causing this? Is it that the ramp is still not functional enough to handle traffic efficiently or is it that the trucks are taking it much too fast?
I'd submit it is the trucks going to fast for the curve. If you have driven from Illinois you've surely noticed how much in a hurry these trucks are once they get past the construction slow down near the King Bridge exit. So many semis just take off like a shot once past that spot and can't slow down enough to take the sweeping exit curve.
Here is an explanation from one of KMOV's commenters:
The main problem with the ramp is the angle of the bank based in the turn radius is too flat.
Additionally, what is pretty scary when you are in the left lane on the westbound Poplar and happen to glance at the eastbound traffic, you'll notice that the concrete dividing wall is quite low and is all that separates you from the huge trucks zooming east right on your shoulder. The speed limit is 50 on the bridge and into Illinois for quite some time, but in reality that is not the case.
KMOV's Laura Hettiger counted 20 construction sites in the St. Louis Metro area this week which is quite a few. Everything seemed to begin all at once and when you get through one, you're soon looking at another.
Southwest announced this week that they will be adding two additional gates in St. Louis to keep up with the increasing number of flights. I'll say this about Lambert after flying American to San Antonio two weeks ago. The main terminal which had a very nice renovation recently, is a deserted place. There are very few passengers around which means the airlines like United and American have fewer flights out of St. Louis. On the other hand, the East Terminal which houses Southwest is a madhouse of people which means that airline is flying many many flights.
Actually after flying American for the first time in a long while, I'll take Southwest's planes, there is more leg room and more efficiency in getting people on and off.
I do believe Lambert's terminals could use more in the way of places to eat or things to look at. Other airports cater to all kinds of tastes but not here.